New Delhi: The Indian government is mulling over to expel the Italian ambassador after he failed to produce the two marines accused of killing Kerala fisherman.
On Tuesday, the Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini was summoned by the Indian officials to lodge a “strong” protest against Italy reneging on its promise to send the two marines back to India to stand trial.
According to an official statement, foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai told Mancini that Italy was obliged to return the two marines as per the undertaking given to the Supreme Court.
Italy had on Monday evening stunned the government by saying that the marines, who were allowed to go home for four weeks, would not return because it did not agree with India on the terms of the United Nations Convention of Law of the Sea. It also stressed that India had not responded to its requests to seek a diplomatic solution to the case.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also described Italy’s provocative decision to not send back the two marines accused of killing Kerala fishermen as unacceptable.
Singh had also asked foreign minister Salman Khurshid to take up the issue diplomatically.